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Skip Coburn (right), executive director of the D.C. Nightlife Association, urges a D.C. Council committee during a hearing Thursday to consider extending hours that bars and restaurants can serve alcohol. "We have a 24-hour city, we have a 24-hour world," he says. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has proposed the change. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Skip Coburn (right), executive director of the D.C. Nightlife Association, urges a D.C. Council committee during a hearing Thursday to consider extending hours that bars and restaurants can serve alcohol. "We have a 24-hour city, we have a 24-hour world," he says. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has proposed the change. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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